Oct, 2021 - By WMR
Sun Cable announced development of the largest ever solar energy infrastructure network that will power Singapore from Australia with biggest solar array.
Sun Cable, an Australian organization is leading the Australia-Asia PowerLink project that will utilize Australian sunshine in 3100 miles further to Singapore through high-voltage undersea cables. The largest solar farm and battery storage facility will open in 2027. Shortage of space availability in Singapore is a barrier in building plants of renewable energy. However, the Australia-Asia PowerLink project will tackle this problem by using large space of Northern Australia to build the largest solar farm and battery storage facility of the world.
Sun Cable will be creating an enormous Powell Creek Solar Precinct over 12,000 hectares arid terrain that is 500 miles away in south of Darwin. As the terrain is one of the sunniest place on earth, the giant solar farm would generate 17-20 gigawatts of solar power and the battery storage would be 36-42 GWh. When compared to the present largest solar power farm of the world in India, the 2.245-GW Bhadia Solar Park, the new Powell Creek Solar Precinct would be 10 times larger. The energy storage would be 30 times more than the last world’s biggest battery project. The power will be transported to Singapore through high-voltage submarine cables along the sea bottom that will be around 2,600 miles using some Indonesian islands. According to Sun Cable, the project will provide around 3.2 GW of clean energy that will be 15% of electricity of Singapore.
The Australia-Asia PowerLink project will have considerable environmental advantages, which will cut around 11.5 million tons of CO2 emissions. Environmental studies for the project are on-going, and the construction will begin in 2023. As planned by the authorities, the project will start selling power in Darwin by 2026 and Singapore by 2027.